My husband and I stayed here for 9 nights in December 2012. The price was unbeatable as we stayed in the lowest costing end type unit without a lanai. We did not have air conditioning either, but we weren't in the room during the daylight hours anyway as the ocean beckoned us to her daily to snorkel and hang with the rays between the two motus where the motu picnics are held (hint: google earth will give you a lay of the island and you can view pictures as well). It may have been nice to cool off the room with air conditioning when going to sleep, but the ceiling fan had 3 speeds, so we were (surprisingly) comfortable in spite of their hot and humid summer. :) The view of the "mountains" in the morning are spectacular and we didn't sleep past 6 am on any morning because of the magesty that was calling us out. BTW, I don't get out of bed before 10 am on the weekends when home. This is important, if you lock your room, allegedly, the electricity is off. However, the refrigerator stays on and this is key. You also may wish to ensure it has proper clearance from the wall to help is run efficiently and keep your stuff cool.
The food served there is very good, and the dining experience followed by nightly walks on the pier are memorable and lovely. We really enjoyed watching the "nopi" fish at night as they skim the water; they are just fun. We even did see sharks right from the pier at night, very cool. We enjoyed watching some shelled creatures sit on the step going into the ocean for snorkelers. They come out only at night--idk what they are--and they are gone every morning. Haavi, our usual waitress is just spectacular fun and she speaks English well. What a lovely person.
We also truly enjoyed Tim, who works the front desk. He was always smiling and trying to help and we hit him up with some crazy questions. Tim is helpful in booking the various tours they offer, and he never steared us wrong. We gave Tim the leftover cat food that Iti kitty didn't get through. I also had wonderful conversations with Kristen, our house keeper, and Teha'ai is warm, kind and great to speak with. I believe he is the head groundskeeper and a real gem. Bottom line, everyone made us feel welcome to THEIR island. HINT: Download a Tahitian handy phrases list from the internet, especially if you don't know French (I tried and failed for 6 weeks). The Tahitians seem genuinely pleased that we tried to speak their language--even when I slaughtered it. Our hosts would grin ear to ear; you can't fake that reaction. We were told it was very appreciated.
We had a feral (?) cat adopt us during our stay, who we named Iti Kitty as she is small (Tahitian "small" is "iti") gray and striped. She went to sleep with us every night and we left the door a little (aka iti) open so she could leave when she wanted to, usually around midnight. I have the most precious picture of her and my husband virtually nose to nose. Iti Kitty is a friendly varmint.
We also did feed the chickens on the property as part of our breakfast ritual. The french bread is cheap at market, so that was a great start to every morning--feeding our Iti Kitty and the poultry-while the sun rose and lit more of the valley while we ate local fruit and brie and watched the sun rise. I miss those scerene mornings.
I think the hotel grounds are great and the atmosphere is perfect. I have recommended this hotel to our friends. In getting a cheaper room on a gorgeous island, we afforded a rental car for our trip--which was wonderfully convenient and gas wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
Oh yes, there is a small sandy beach at the Kaveka as well. We snorkeled off of the pier though, so I didn't actually us the beach itself. Hint, when snorkeling, go under the pier as the fish hide there to cool off I suppose. We saw many differnt types off fish right there at the hotel. It was an awesome way to start our daily activities and it is so convenient to get into that gorgeous lagoon you flew for too many hours to see. :)
If you are frugal and seek value, this is your spot!!! Beatiful grounds, good food, help with excursions so you don't miss the highlights, warm and friendly staff, clean lodging, ability to snorkel right at your hotel via the pier all made me love Kaveka. Plus, I suspect you are supporting these folks on a more local level as opposed to a mega resort. I love to support local when I can.
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